NBCUniversal has upped longtime diversity and inclusion executive Janine Jones-Clark to evp of inclusion, across talent content, film, television and streaming.
Jones-Clark previously served as the head of inclusion at the studio’s filmed entertainment group, where she launched in 2017 the studio’s Global Talent Development and Inclusion department. Under the department, the studio runs its writers program, directors initiative, animation writers program and composers initiative to help train up-and-coming creatives and place them on projects, both inside and outside the studio and its labels. She also helped to expand the film group’s partnerships with programs like AFI Directing Workshop for Women and Ghetto Film School, among others.
Prior to Universal, Jones-Clark worked in diversity at Disney/ABC Television.
Under her new role, Jones-Clark will add NBCUniversal’s entertainment, streaming and television studio teams to her purview, in addition to her current oversight of the filmed entertainment group’s diversity, inclusion, and equity strategies.
Jones-Clark will continue to report to film group chairman Donna Langley, and will also now report to Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBCUniversal television and streaming, and Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of Universal Studio Group.
Jones-Clark will work across the company’s content portfolio to cultivate and amplify programs that attract and retain an inclusive talent pool on-screen, behind the camera, and within its workforce.
“Janine and her team have elevated Universal’s inclusion efforts with a focus on increasing diverse storytelling and creating industry-first opportunities for underrepresented voices,” said Langley. “As a direct result of Janine’s leadership, we have more inclusive voices in our industry who are leading the way.”
“We’ve admired the initiatives that Janine has cultivated with Donna at UFEG and are excited to bring her expertise to the entire NBCUniversal Entertainment portfolio,” said Lazarus and Igbokwe in a joint statement.
Jones-Clark offered, “This new alignment reflects NBCUniversal’s commitment and strategic vision, by not only creating more opportunity across the portfolio to help underrepresented talent achieve career momentum, but it will also break down barriers for a new pool of talent to be introduced to both production and our workforce.”